For this week I decided it was time to finally cross off something I’d been meaning to do for quite awhile: Victoria Peak. The weather wasn’t quite as nice as I hoped, but I’m too stubborn to cancel something I planned just because of a little bit of rain. So first off was the botanical gardens. But before that was a quick ride on the world’s longest escalator. I hadn’t realised it at the time, but I’d actually found it a few weeks ago and had absolutely no idea that it held the world record. It is more like a string of escalators but nevertheless it’s very cool riding it over top of bustling streets and the occasional market. But anyway, onto the gardens!
I was pretty blown away by how close the gardens were to a zoo honestly. The plants were amazing of course, and very tropical (again, I wish we could grow plants like these back in NZ) but I was pleasantly surprised to see monkeys and tamarins (little old men monkeys). There was a big variety of things to do there! I really enjoyed central fountain as well as the small bamboo forest. I’m always a huge fan of the contrast between small oriental areas and the endless cityscapes just looming over in the background. We started to get a better view of those buildings as we started walking up the nearby track that leads to Victoria peak. The walking itself wasn’t too difficult most of the way with plenty of rest stops along the way. But I definitely underestimated just how much walking there actually was. It was worth it once we reached the top though, as we were rewarded by an amazing view and some familiar western food. The initial promise of Burger King got Ashlee a bit too hyper. I was honestly worried about her at first. I was even more worried about her once we found out the Burger King was closed.